YELLOW TOUR - 3 DAYS
Our Yellow Tour is planned for more advanced riders to ride the maximum distance in a short time. This tour follows the same route as our Blue Tour but is one day less. You will still experience the highlights of what the Blue and Yellow Tours have to offer but won’t have as much time to enjoy the additional activities.
You will experience the rain forest of the Otway Ranges, the incredible vista of the Great Ocean Road ride to Queenscliff before you cross Port Phillip bay by Ferry and ride the coastal ride into Melbourne.
If you want to take your time, consider the Blue Tour. With any of our tours you can customize our itinerary to stay an extra day or extend the distance.
This tour can include the Kangaroo tour, plenty of Beach Play, Fine dining but if you have non-riders consider the Blue Tour with vehicle support which can include non-rider activities of Ashcombe Maze, Arthurs Seat, wine tasting, Point Nepean history, Trees adventure, shopping.
If your Great Ocean Road tour expectation includes the 12 apostils and Loch Ard Gorge I recommend checking out our Red and Black Tours.
Stage 1. Colac – Apollo Bay
Your tour starts by catching the V-line train from Southern Cross station in Melbourne through Geelong and on to the small country town of Colac. There is also the option of taking a bus from your hotel for vehicle-supported rides. You will need to pre-book a seat for you and a space for your bike in case the train is full, otherwise they may not be able to accommodate you.
Rail Cost: Approx. $20-30AUD
Time: Just a bit over 2 hours
How to book your ticket:
After you arrive at Colac station and collect your bike you may like a snack before you start riding. You will have other opportunities for food in the towns of Gellibrand (28km mark) and Ferguson (40km mark).
Today’s ride starts with a relatively flat ride through farmland before we climb to Ferguson (40km in) situated on top of the Otway Ranges. From Ferguson, we ride through rolling hills along the ridge road through the pristine rainforest on a little seasonal road called “Turton’s Track” reaching the 60km mark before rolling down to Skenes Creek enjoying magnificent coastal views before a short ride into Apollo Bay. A fairly challenging day if you consider the travel time from Melbourne, so it’s best to start early.
The option for non-riding participants (designed for vehicle-supported rides): Today we visit small villages where you can sample and purchase local produce and conserves, but the main attraction is a visit to one of the 2 Trees Top Adventure Parks in the Otway rainforest. There are various different activities for all ages and abilities.
Stage 2 Apollo Bay - Torquay
Today we enjoy the most spectacular coastal scenery as we ride along the rugged coastline that has made the Great Ocean Road Famous. You will have time to regularly stop for refreshments at coastal towns along the route and to take photos as you get to fully appreciate the stunning scenery and learn the history not only of the construction of the road after WW11, but the ill-fated journey of some of the 200+ shipwrecks along the coast during the settlement of Australia. Traffic is generally slow as drivers appreciate the stunning views along the winding Great Ocean Road, and most of the road has a wide shoulder for cycling safely. Please excuse the occasional idiot who wants to test the maximum speed of his motorbike though!
After a challenging little climb out of Anglesea en-route to Torquay you have an option to bypass the highway to visit Bells Beach. As a local, we have to be clear why it is not a standard location on our itinerary. The road to access Bells Beach is narrow and hilly. During our Australian Autumn, Bells Beach takes centre stage on the international surf scene with a perfect surf break with the possibility of huge waves, most of the time it is an anti-climax and is also nothing like the movie ‘Point Break’.
On our guided tours we give you an option to finish riding at Anglesea for a group Kangaroo tour then a shuttle to Torquay via Bells Beach. The road from Anglesea to Torquay is an inland highway and has very little to offer except a bike lane.
Tonight we stay at Torquay which is the home to famous global surf brand including Ripcurl, Piping Hot, Quicksilver and Billabong, they all started here, and they all have factory outlets in case you want to do a little souvenir shopping.
The option for non-riding participants (designed for vehicle-supported rides):
We make time for Beach play, exploring coastal villages and the Anglesea Kangaroo Tour. On arrival at Anglesea there are ample places to play in the warmer water of the shallows of the inlet or partake in various activities with the local boat hire companies before we take the opportunity to visit the local golf course tour - not for the fairways but to get up close to the 200+ Kangaroo population that live within the grounds.
Anglesea Kangaroo experience
Stage 3, 4 and 5 Torquay – Melbourne
The yellow ride is planned for more advanced riders and as we are 136km away from Melbourne and the ride is virtually flat, it is an achievable journey to at least Frankston where you can catch the metro train for the last 50km if required (shuttle for supported rides). If you want to take your time, you can look at the blue tour which has a stop in Sorrento. After leaving Torquay you continue to Barwon Heads for morning tea / lunch and then onto the beautiful port village of Queenscliff which is at the entry of the narrow heads to Port Phillip bay. The distance to the other side is only 1.8km to Point Nepean. Queenscliff is a great place for a snack and a look around, it has a relaxed feel and loads of history. The 10km - 45 minute trip across the heads to Sorrento by ferry to Melbourne’s favourite summer holiday spot, Sorrento is a welcome relief for the legs as we prepare for the ride back to Melbourne.
After Sorrento, the first 50 km to Frankston along the coast has constant bay views as we come closer to suburbia it is our normal format to stop at Mornington for a snack before we arrive at Frankston.
From Frankston you have the option of catching the train but if you still have the legs, the last 50 km to Melbourne is flat and usually has tail winds in the afternoon (especially the last 30km from Mordialloc to Melbourne) and is well worth it.
The ride back to Melbourne is a very popular bike route with over 8000 cyclists riding on the road each morning before 10am and it is part of the famous ‘Round the Bay in a Day’ event hugging the coastline most of the way with regular views of Port Phillip Bay.
There is a bike lane and path much of the way and although as you ride into suburbia, there will be much more traffic, the route is very safe as everybody is well accustomed to cyclists on these roads.
No riding options: After your stay in Sorrento, it is a great walk out to Point Nepean which has been protected from development and remains a pristine spot for enjoying nature and for keen photographers. The rugged ocean beach with its rock pools and sandstone cliffs are a standout.
The Mornington Peninsula is famous for its shopping, wine and food and the beaches are some of the best in Melbourne. Depending on your interests, Arthurs seat chairlift and Ashcombe Maze are both great options for family fun.
Ballarine Peninsular Railway
Queenscliff – Sorrento Ferry
There is no need to book
Cost is about $8
Ferry leaves every 30 mins